What is the role of imagination in matters of ultimate concern? This is one of the top issues in the spiritual life and certainly in religion: many religious and even spiritual people are suspicious of the imagination. They are afraid that speaking of metaphor, story, poetics, and image takes something important away from the essential focus of their lives. They believe that fact is more important than insight, values, or understanding. They want to know where Noah’s Ark landed, not what it represents.